Lacan and the pre-mortal life

Jacques Lacan is best known for his three registers (the Symbolic, the Imaginary and the Real) in psychoanalytic theory.  It is through the Symbolic that human subjectivity and the unconscious are ordered.  The Symbolic is tied to language (cf. Zizek).  The Imaginary is a conception of the body-as-whole and is also a psychical map of our corporeality.  The Imaginary (the embodied unity) is reinforced and made possible through the Symbolic (the speaking subject, or ‘I’).  Lacan’s descriptions of the Real are often difficult and intentionally ambiguous [1] and yet I sense they have some relevance for how we think about the pre-mortal life. [Read more…]